Wealthfront and Betterment are battling it out, and it's great news for savers
- Betterment, the online investing adviser, recently debuted a high-yield savings account that earns up to 2.69% APY.
- Betterment joins fellow robo-adviser Wealthfront in the high-yield savings space, which debuted its Cash Account earlier this year and recently increased the APY to 2.57%.
- It's difficult, if not impossible, to declare an outright winner between the two robo-advisers' high-yield accounts.
- Both Betterment's and Wealthfront's high-yield accounts are fee-free, allow unlimited transfers, and offer insurance coverage on up to $1 million.
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Up to now, Wealthfront's Cash Account led the pack among both brick-and-mortar and online competitors with a 2.57% APY. While technically a cash account, it has the same features as a high-yield savings account. Wealthfront debuted its Cash Account earlier this year with a 2.24% APY and has been steadily increasing it ever since, while online banks like Ally and Goldman Sach's Marcus have cut their rates.It's difficult, if not impossible, to declare an outright winner between the two robo-advisers' high-yield accounts. Both Betterment and Wealthfront offer the highest rates on the market right now, plus their accounts are fee-free, allow unlimited transfers, and are FDIC-insured up to $1 million.
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But regardless of how the rate shifts over time, you've already made progress toward automatically building wealth by keeping your money a high-yield savings account over a traditional savings or checking account, particularly if it's fee free.IRAs for retirement savings and investing, and trust accounts. Meanwhile, Wealthfront allows you to invest in low-cost index funds with as little as $500, set up and contribute to an IRA, or save in a 529 college plan.
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